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Campus mourns loss of Deborah A. Cianfarani


The Union community is mourning the loss of Deborah A. Cianfarani, an administrative assistant in Financial Aid who died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 after a battle with cancer. She was 57.

Debbie joined Union in 1992 as a Dining Services staffer in Dutch Hollow. She served as secretary and receptionist in Athletics from 1997 until she joined Financial Aid in 2003.

Friends in Financial Aid are remembering her good humor and positive attitude during the office’s busiest times. They also recall her nurturing approach with both students and colleagues. “She treated all of us like family, whether she was bringing in hot baked muffins or bringing us home for dinner,” said Linda Parker, director of Financial Aid. “She will be fondly remembered and cherished as a wonderful friend, and an inspiration for all of us who had the opportunity to work with her.”

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Giovanni; three sons, Luigi, Angelo and Dante; three daughters, Alisa, Vanessa and Giuliana; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Rd., Glenville. Calling hours are Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. at Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Rd.

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